What do I want out of life?

What do I want out of life? ...and other millennial musings

My manager sends me a "year-in-review" as well as a questionnaire every… well, 6 months it seems. He asks me the most heavy hitting questions such as "What do you want out of a career? Where do you see yourself next year, in three years, etc" You know, questions that make every millennial shudder. Everyone's career is important. There's also a number of factors that everyone has to taken into account when achieving success in that career. One of those is the sacrifices you give up in other aspects of your life. Which brings me to the ULTIMATE millennial crossroad: What do I want out of life?

A musician's life comes with sacrifices already installed on the hard drive. That was something I was well aware of coming out of college. Even with the more traditional musician jobs I was working there was always some sort of give. The hours weren't ideal. The pay was low. The benefits were non-existent. But hey, I was working in my field so I should be happy, right? *insert game show buzzer here* That was the first time the question ran through my mind and I felt as if I couldn't postpone my response.

Recently the question's been arising for me every day. I thought I had figured it out 18 or so months ago when I dropped my first single. I thought I had figured it out when RJ called me and said "You're headlining at the Howard Theatre? I heard it on the radio." I thought I had figured it out after Megabus-ing city to city and playing shows. I'm not 100% certain how much of it I have figured out today. I do know that however little of life I can sacrifice to achieve the VERY subjective definition of success in my career, that is the path I want to go.

There are plenty of artists that have foregone stereotypical measurements of music industry success in order to keep living the way that they are content with living. At the height of Justin Nozuka's career, he opted against taking a mainstream route and stepped away from the spotlight for a few years. The band Young & Sick prefers not to use social media, opting to stay "in the shadows of the online world." It makes sense. As much as music is a part of who I am, I'm still towing with the line of whether or not I'm going to let a career in music define my life

I think people expect recording artists to define their successes by awards, album sales, twitter followers, YouTube views, etc. There's a lot of that I'm starting to care less about (sans album sales, this is a job after all). Mainly because there's so much of LIFE that fuels me. I feed off of social interaction (IRL, of course). I recently discovered I love traveling. There's so much of life that I'm currently sacrificing to get to where I wanna be career wise but as soon as I get there I plan on injecting those things right back into my life. I don't need a million dollars/followers/views, etc, and having that balance has made me a very happy person.
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